Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bombing suspect family collected $100,000 in welfare, food stamps

Bombing suspect family collected $100,000 in welfare, food stamps, Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his family raked in more than $100,000 in welfare benefits in Massachusetts, the Boston Herald reported April 29.

Through their welfare benefits, Tsarnaev and his family received more than $100,000 in cash, food stamps and Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Herald said.

It was previously reported that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter, were receiving taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits in Massachusetts even as the bombing suspect’s anti-American hatred grew.

But the amount of the tax-payer funded welfare benefits that the bombing suspect and his family had received wasn’t known until now.

The state of Massachusetts gave more than 500 documents to the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee. The committee met for the first time on Monday. It plans to call in officials from the Department of Transitional Assistance to testify about the welfare benefits given to the Boston bombing suspects.

State Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick), the committee’s chairman, said the public has a right to know what benefits the bombing suspect’s family received. He said the committee will carefully review “every single piece of information” in the Tsarnaev welfare case.

The committee has not yet released the welfare records publicly, and it’s not yet known if it will.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center April 19 after a shootout with police. It’s likely that he had also been run over and dragged by an SUV driven by his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being held in a small prison cell with a steel door, an observation window and a slot for passing through food and medication.

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